Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Distance Education Pathway
School of Pharmacy

LECOM will be accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account through May 18, 2016. Students may be granted individual deadline extensions through June 1, 2016.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Office of Admissions 
      • LECOM, School of Pharmacy 
      • 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 
      • Bradenton 
      • Florida 
      • 34211 
      • Phone (Work): 941-756-0690 
      • Phone (Fax): 941-782-5721 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Saturday, November 14, 2015 
      • Details: We will having an Admissions Information Session on Saturday November 14, 2015 LECOM invites prospective students to visit our campuses in Erie, Greensburg (Seton Hill) and Bradenton to learn more about becoming a LECOM medical, pharmacy or dental student. Registration is required. For Bradenton, please RSVP Manivone Phantharath: (941) 756-0690 or For Erie, please RSVP to Debbie Bisbee: (814) 860-5172 or For Greensburg (Seton Hill), please RSVP Alison Gloekler: (724) 552-2879 or Please indicate in your message how many people will be in your group and which program is of primary interest (osteopathic medicine, dental or pharmacy).  
      • Dates: Friday, November 20, 2015 
      • Details: Our open house is 11/20/15 on all campuses from 1-4pm. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • LECOM School of Pharmacy Accelerated Pathway, Erie, PA LECOM School of Pharmacy Traditional Pathway, Bradenton, FL 

  5. Program Description ↑ 


    LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The College has three locations, Erie, PA, Bradenton, FL and Greensburg, PA. LECOM School of Pharmacy is a single school operating out of two locations, offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through three pathways; an accelerated three year pathway in Erie, PA, a traditional four year pathway in Bradenton, FL and a four year distance education pathway, available to students living throughout the United States. 

    The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication we prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in research activities.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program integrates science and hands-on practical experience. The professional program is structured around an outcomes-based curriculum emphasizing the basic sciences, pharmacy practice and professional experiences. Students are exposed to early involvement in pharmacy practice that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, and a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.

    The College designed its facilities so that every detail lends itself to the mission of teaching students how to care for patients. All LECOM facilities offer the latest instructional technology. Lecture halls have 'smart classroom' equipment with wireless and wired computer network connections for student laptops and tablets. Classrooms offer multi-media presentations, and in the larger lecture halls, instructors control and illustrate presentations from a computer tablet at the lectern. An online learning management system is available to augment student education. The LECOM School of Pharmacy curriculum includes laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises, which prepare our students to compound extemporaneous and intravenous preparations. Students also participate in small group sessions to develop application, communication, and other skills needed for the pharmacy profession.

    LECOM encourages student involvement and leadership in community service activities. The LECOM School of Pharmacy has many officially recognized clubs and organizations. The students are actively involved in various community service events. LECOM has been a national award winner every year since the inception of the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge. Off-campus housing options are available and are conveniently located near the School at both campuses.

    LECOM is a member of LECOM Health, which includes Millcreek Community Hospital, LECOM, LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, Medical Associates of Erie physician offices, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. The LECOM School of Pharmacy is affiliated with over 1,800 practice sites to provide experiential rotations for its students. Chartered in 1992, LECOM's enrollment has grown to more than 4,000 students. For more information about LECOM, please visit">  

    LECOM also offers a 9 month Pharmacy-specific Post-Baccalaureate Certificate to further prepare candidates for the rigors of a doctoral program. This is available to any student who has completed a Bachelor's degree at a US Accredited Institution and is encouraged for candidates interested in LECOM School of Pharmacy (in Erie, PA or Bradenton, FL) who would like to strengthen knowledge in pre-pharmacy coursework.  For more information and to apply, please go to:">    [PBGED Statement:"> ]

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 100
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 24
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 24
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 15
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 25%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.32
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 24
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 24
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-53
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  94 
      Biology with labs  12 
      General Chemistry with labs  12 
      Organic Chemistry with labs  12 
      General Electives  15  25 
    • Additional Information: 

       The applicant needs to complete all pharmacy prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (70%) in each course by July 1 prior to matriculation.

      All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1 prior to matriculation into the LECOM School of Pharmacy.  General Education Electives should be taken in subject areas other than the above prerequisites, such as humanities and social sciences.LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP credits for prerequisite courses. Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 3 or higher. International baccalaureate credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher.
      * If you apply and are accepted to multiple LECOM PharmD programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance) you may deposit into only one of these programs.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: April 1, 2016 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application. Once LECOM receives the PharmCAS application, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application. The e-mail message will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application and submit the $50 non-refundable application fee. Payment of the $50 application fee is required at the time you submit your application. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and LECOM encourages you to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submitting the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 1, 2016. The application will not be processed by LECOM until both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Application are submitted.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2013
      • Details: 

        Due to the LECOM process of Rolling Admissions, it is recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to January of the year of matriculation. The applicant must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send the PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS by (select PCAT code 104). LECOM requires the PCAT.  However, an exception may be granted for applicants who have or will be completing at least a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university prior to matriculation. If selected for an interview, a written assessment will be performed during the on-site interview for those previously mentioned individuals who been granted an exception for completing the PCAT. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon completion of the bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.



      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Accepted students must sign a matriculation agreement and must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. 


  10. Experience ↑ 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: We are currently accepting applications for our Distance Education pathway from students who are living in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. If your state does not appear on this list, please check back periodically as we are continuously updating the list. Our four-year traditional pathway in Bradenton, FL and our three-year accelerated pathway in Erie, PA are accepting applications from all PharmCAS applicants.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1st prior to matriculation. LECOM does not consider foreign transcript evaluations.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      LECOM School of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from a science professor. The other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member or co- worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended. All letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS. PharmCAS allows students to submit up to four letters of recommendation. PharmCAS will send the letters to the schools you apply to once they receive them from your recommender.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institutions procedure
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institutions procedure
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through May 
    • Details: 

      Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between September and May. Therefore, those applying early may have a greater chance for acceptance. The on-site interview will give the applicant an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students, as well as learn more about the school and the pharmacy program. 

      LECOM is accepting applications for the Distance Education pathway only from the 48 mainland states of the United States.  As well, applications from students living in some states may not be accepted depending on state authorization rules and regulations in place.  LECOM will make every effort to inform applicants of these issues in a timely manner.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The LECOM School of Pharmacy Distance Education Pathway conducts a rolling admissions process. The Admissions Committee will begin to review applications, consider applicants for admission and mail acceptance letters as early as October each year. Therefore, it is recommended to apply and interview as early as possible.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount:  $500
      • Due: Two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: If accepted to multiple programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance), once you have deposited into one program, your application will be withdrawn from the others.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2016 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No